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Written By Robin Shepherd Our Infrastructure: Part II HIGH-SPEED RAIL California’s Ambitious Plan to Tame Transportation A ll eyes are on the Golden State, wondering if we can pull off the single biggest infrastructure project in U.S. history. To some, the California High-Speed Rail (HSR) project is a boon, to others it’s a boondoggle. Perhaps it’s a little of both. Proposition 1A, the Safe Reliable High-Speed Passenger Train Bond Act, won a majority vote in 2008. Nearly a decade later, communities up and down the state are grappling with a statewide public works project that is far more complex, disruptive and costly than the original ballot measure would have us believe. Written By Robin Shepherd 12 GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN JULY/AUGUST 2017